18 years old, graduate of The Howard School, college freshman, LAUNCH intern, and business owner.
That's right, at just 18 years old Derelle owns and operates Lingua Cocoa, a high end chocolate company that aims to raise cultural awareness through the universal language of chocolate, infused with spices from around the world.
Derelle went through the LAUNCH High School Entrepreneurship Program its first year, winning the grand prize with Lingua Cocoa. Although he knew that the market is flooded with chocolate products, he wanted to bring different cultures to the Chattanooga community.
When asked what drives him to be an entrepreneur, Derelle said, "I'm motivated to be an entrepreneur because I know and see how much harder times are becoming. I want to help change the face and the stereotype of my generation and race."